Silver collector coin in nominal value of 20 euro

Nature and countryside conservation – Veľká Fatra (Great Fatra) National Park

The National Park Veľká Fatra was established in 2002, with an area of more than 40 371 ha. As much as 85% of the area is covered by forests, often of a primeval type. One of its unique features is the occurence of the common yew, a protected tree species that has become rare in Europe. Hôľna Fatra forms the main ridge featuring meadows and pastures. Its highest peak, Ostredok, is 1592 m high. The topography of Bralná Fatra is typical for its karst elements such as rocky walls, windows and canyon-like valleys – Gaderská, Blatnická, Belianska, Bystrická. The many caves in this area serve as suitable hibernation spots for bats. The only cave made accessible to public is the Harmanecká cave.
There are more than one thousand species of higher plants in the area. A rare endemic also grows here - cyclamen fatrense. The outstanding beauty of the martagon lily, perennial honesty, anemone narcissiflora and pulsatilla slavica is certain to draw attention. Deep forests provide shelter to many animal species. The most notable ones include the brown bear, grey wolf, and the Eurasian lynx. The rocky walls accommodate rare birds of prey – the golden eagle and the peregrine falcon. The presence of our rarest gallinaceous birds – the capercaillie and the black grouse – is of extraordinary importance.

Description of the coin

Obverse

Obverse:
Fatra cyclamen, Clusius gentian and common yew, typical representatives of the national park flora, are depicted on the obverse of the coin, in the middle of the coin field in a composition of plants. The national emblem of the Slovak Republic is placed in the right upper half of the coin. The year mark 2009 is above the emblem. The name of the state, SLOVENSKO, is inscribed around the bottom edge of the coin. The mintmark of the Kremnica Mint, MK between two dies, and the styled initials of the first and last name of the author of the coin design, Mgr. art. Roman Lugár, appear to the right of the Clusius gentian image.

Reverse

Reverse:
The reverse side shows a composition of lying golden eagle and Kráľova skala in the middle of the coin field. The nominal value 20 EURO is depicted on the upper edge of the coin. The name of the park NÁRODNÝ PARK VEĽKÁ FATRA is inscribed around the bottom edge of the coin.

Coin’s data

Designer: Roman Lugár
Material: Ag 925, Cu 75
Weight: 33,63 g
Diameter: 40 mm
Edge: inscription: „OCHRANA PRÍRODY A KRAJINY“
(protection of nature and landscape)
Producer: Kremnica Mint
Engraver: Dalibor Schmidt
Number of pieces minted: brilliant uncirculated quality: 9,900
proof quality: 12,600
Issuing date: 16 June 16 2009

Results of the Contest

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